UWE Bristol and Arts Council England sign Memorandum of Understanding

Issue date: 14 November 2016

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Steve West and Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, s

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Arts Council England have signed a Memorandum of Understanding as part of a new strategic partnership.

The Memorandum provides a framework for new strands of collaborative activity between the University and the Arts Council including a shared commitment to developing the creative economy, finding and encouraging new talent, and working together to establish a National Centre for Arts Technology in Bristol.

UWE Bristol and Arts Council England are mutually committed to supporting the arts and creative industries in the city, championing talent development, diversity and skills. The partnership will initially last five years.

Louise Jennings, Associate Dean of Strategic Partnerships in UWE Bristol's Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, said: “The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is a really exciting moment and acknowledges the anchor roles that UWE Bristol and Arts Council England have in the Bristol city-region to support place making and creative talent development. It also commits us to further supporting the development of Bristol as a national and international centre for arts and technology, a key part of the local creative economy. This focuses on areas of research excellence at UWE Bristol and where we already work in partnership with a number of Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations with expertise in this field.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “This is excellent news for cultural development in Bristol. Universities are important partners for us, as place makers, as custodians and as investors in culture. This collaboration celebrates a shared commitment to develop future talent in and for the city, and to champion Bristol as a centre for arts and technology. We're looking forward to working together.”

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